Fishing Charter Boat Policies, Terms and Conditions

We do everything in our power for you to have a great time on your deep-sea fishing trip, but we do have some rules.  Some are general rules for your safety and others protect our boat, equipment and crews.  Our charters operate under our complete terms and conditions of your charter.  The following is a brief review of that agreement.

  • The Charter operates under the authority of the Captain.  The Captain has the authority to terminate the Charter in the event of unacceptable conduct by the Charter party.
  • The boat is licensed to accept up to six (6) people in your party plus the crew.  Their are no exceptions to this U.S. Coast Guard rule.  Please do not ask the crew to violate the law.
  • No illegal substances or firearms are permitted on board.  Discovery of the presence and/or use of illegal substances and/or firearms will immediately terminate the Charter without refund and the vessel will return to port.
  • When you reserve a charter date, it is your Charter date if the Captain/Owner agrees that the date is fishable.  It is your responsibility to arrange your party unless otherwise agreed in writing.
  • If you request that the owner, Captain or crew assist in finding additional members for your Charter Party, there are no guarantees or responsibilities associated with that assistance.   You should be aware that in the event that the Captain finds additional party members on short notice, they are likely not to pay their full share of the Charter.  You are responsible for the balance of the agreed Charter price.
  • A cancellation called by the Captain due to weather or mechanical problems will create a deposit credited toward another Charter date.  A trip terminated by the Captain due to weather once fishing has commenced will not be entitled to a credit or refund if the Charter party agreed to leave the dock.  A trip terminated due to member(s) of the Charter party getting seasick will not be entitled to a refund or credit.  A trip canceled in advance by the Charter party of at least two weeks will create a credit of the paid deposit to a charter trip on another date as determined by the charter party and the captain.
  • The Charter includes proper use of our properly insured and outfitted boat, the Captain and mate, all tackle, bait and ice for the type and length of the Charter trip contracted.
  • The Charter does not include food, beverages , or misuse of the boat or equipment.
  • The Charter party is responsible for loss of or damage to equipment belonging to the boat that must be replaced in kind or by paying for replacement(s) as determined by the owner or Captain.  The Charter party is also responsible for damage to the boat.  Paying careful attention to directions from the crew will minimize chance of loss or damage to the boat and equipment and/or injury to a member of our crew or your Charter party.  The crew will provide a familiarization tour prior to leaving the dock.  Charter party members are NOT permitted in the cabin if they are seasick.  Fresh air is far better than lying down in an enclosed space.  If a member of your party has a tendency to get seasick, discuss this matter with the Captain prior to your reserved Charter date.  
  • Members of your party are never permitted under US Coast Guard rules in the engine room, on the bow or side decks while at sea, or to use any of the boat's radios or electronic equipment.
  • The crew is always willing to teach members of the Charter party how to rig tackle and baits as well as to explain why we do things that we do.  All you have to do is ask.
  • There are NO guarantees concerning how many or what types of fish that you and your party will catch.  We do commit that the equipment is is proper repair and that our crew will do everything in its power to give you and your party a wonderful deep-sea ocean fishing experience.  The sport is called "Fishing" and not "Catching".  There are days when we catch more fish than other days and there are many conditions that govern catching success.  Not in the least of those conditions are the abilities of the anglers in your party.  Listening and following suggestions and directions from the crew will increase the likelihood of catching fish especially after hookup.  It is possible that your charter date might not produce many keeper fish.  If your crew work hard to try everything that they know to attract strikes/fish, they have earned their tip.  Please base your treatment of the crew based on their performance and work ethic and not by how many fish you take home.
  • The owner, crew and our insurance company prohibit liquor and any beverages in glass bottles on boat the boat.  The Captain reserves the right to limit the amount of beer brought on board.  In the event that members of your Charter party become intoxicated to the point that the crew determines that they create a hazard to themselves or others, the Charter will be immediately terminated without refund and the boat will return to port.
  • Please place your food in the refrigerator or cooler as directed by the crew.  Your beverages will be placed in the drink cooler on board.  You will be asked to put your coolers back in your vehicle after loading your supplies on the boat in order to keep the cockpit free of obstacles.
  • The balance of your Charter price over and above your deposit is due and payable, at the latest, on the dock prior to leaving on your trip.
  • No trash, garbage or other materials are to be thrown overboard into the ocean water- including cigarette butts.
  • The crew will review emergency procedures on the boat prior to leaving the dock.
  • The crew expects you to be on time for your trip.
  • The Captain or owner will call you prior to your trip to discuss recent catches, sea conditions, weather, etc.
  • Smoking is only permitted in the aft end of the fishing cockpit.  Smoking is not permitted on the bridge, in the cabin or on the steps to the bridge.  Burn marks on our teak or elsewhere are your responsibility.
  • Children are welcome aboard and we enjoy teaching children what we do and the pleasures of fishing.  Children under the age of 12 are required by Coast Guard regulations to wear personal flotation devices, life jackets, when not in the boat's cabin.  You may bring a suitable life jacket for your child as long as it is Coast Guard approved.